Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session. Please register in advance, as below.
Financial Aid Information Session
- Jan 24,6:30 pm, Chinese International School
- Feb 12, 6:30 pm,YMCAINFO SESSION SIGN UP
CIS seeks outstanding young women and men of high aspirations, talents and accomplishments who will enrich our school community as much as our school will enrich and inspire them.
Students should be aged 12 and above at the time of enrollment and demonstrate intellectual curiosity and independent thinking, while being respectful of other views and concerned to make a difference in the world.
With regard to merit, candidates’ achievement and potential will be evaluated holistically across a range of areas including character, academic achievement, leadership, and excellence in the community, arts, sports, and other interest areas.
Students will be admitted with the expectation that regardless of whether they enter in Year 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12, they will aspire to complete their Secondary education at CIS and graduate in Year 13.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does financial aid cover? Is financial aid available for school expenses not related to tuition?
The school has endeavoured to highlight all significant expenses that may be incurred in addition to formal tuition fees. Families seeking financial aid who believe they may need assistance to cover such fees are requested to raise the matter early in the admissions process.
How does a family demonstrate need? Is there a maximum salary level?
Many factors are taken into account, including, but not limited to:
- the number of children in a family;
- additional dependents;
- all sources of income;
- assets and liabilities;
- expenses such as rent/mortgage/loans;
- children’s activities and tutor fees;
- transportation expenses; etc.
There is no specific salary cutoff and each family’s financial situation is individually assessed.
When does a family need to apply for aid and when will they be notified?
The application deadline for 2018 is March 1. Families will be notified of results in April.
Will applicants seeking financial aid be assessed on the same criteria as applicants who do not seek financial aid?
If parents are unmarried, which family member needs to demonstrate need?
CIS believes that it is the responsibility of both parents to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent they are able. Therefore, the school will take account of the financial situation of both parents when deciding eligibility for aid.
How is financial aid supported?
Funds to launch the financial aid programme have been provided through the school’s Annual Fund, a community-wide fundraising effort aimed at increasing the resources available to the school to deepen and innovate the CIS experience. For more information, please see the Annual Fund page.
A student will only be admitted if the school has sufficient funds to maintain the student’s CIS education until completion.
Does a student need to qualify for financial aid every year? Is there a minimum student record that needs to be maintained?
A student’s family will be asked to submit financial information every year to demonstrate continued need. CIS will continue to provide aid, assuming a family’s financial situation remains similar.
Students admitted through the financial aid program will not have special requirements for continued enrollment. Expectations for conduct and behaviour are the same for all CIS students.
If a student is admitted without financial aid, may they apply for financial aid in future?
The financial aid programme on offer is aimed at students newly admitted to CIS based on the admissions process outlined here.
Students currently enrolled without financial aid whose families encounter financial difficulties are asked to speak to the school’s Director of Finance and Business Administration. A separate and limited program of assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. Families may be asked to submit financial information similar to that required by the financial aid program.
If a student is unable to graduate or otherwise complete their schooling at CIS, will the family need to repay the Financial Aid?